Top Tweets – Obamacare Not Working Out as Planned

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#ACA de facto reinstitutes ‘preexisting conditions’ denials with stratospheric out-of-pocket costs

More evidence hi deductibles a barrier to care. (#Obamacare was supposed to fix all that, right?)

Doctors head for the exit as #Obamacare insurance cuts reimbursements

SEIU rank and file losing jobs b/c of SEIU-supported #ACA.

#Obamacare ‘exempt’ small businesses still hit with loss of group plans, sky-rocketing premiums

Aetna expects 30% attrition – 720,000 signups versus 500,000 paying customers by year end. #ItsNotWorking

#Obamacare to flow to border surgers who claim asylum, Temp Protected Status, etc.

White House, Dem #ACA supporters praised and relied on Halbig-truther Gruber at the time

Here we go again: CMS loses emails re botched rollout. Failure to report loss illegal?

‘Government can do it better.’ Can Obama do a better job picking your toilet paper? Then why let him pick your doctor?


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Single-Payer Health Breakthrough: Eliminate Paperclips!

Comment: Folks, they can’t even use paperclips without hurting themselves. Do we really want these idiots picking our health care?

“Manchester NHS Trust officials made the decision to stop the use of the metal stationary item after a member of staff cut their finger using one.”

“In a memo to staff, it was warned that the use of metal fasteners was ‘prohibited’ and the offending clips must be ‘carefully disposed of immediately’.”

“‘Due to recent incidents, NHS Manchester has decided to immediately withdraw the use of metal paper fasteners,’ explained the memo featuring an accompanying picture of a paper clip – just to avoid any confusion.”

NHS health and safety chiefs ban ‘dangerous’ metal paper clips
Friday 3 Aug 2012

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Major Obamacare Insurance CEO: Obamacare Isn’t Affordable

Comment: The CEO of one of America’s biggest Obamacare insurers (and beneficiaries) has some startling admissions: Obamacare doesn’t address cost, is not affordable, and the only way costs are controlled is when consumers make individual choices.

” The Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare—is “not an affordable product” for many people and it does not fix the underlying problems causing high health-care costs, Aetna Chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini told CNBC on Wednesday.”

“”If we’re going to fix health care, we’ve got to get at the delivery of care and the cost of care,” Bertolini said in a “Squawk Box” interview. “The ACA does none of that. The only person who’s really going to drive that is the consumer and the decisions they make.” ”

How about this for an alternative to Obamacare: how about we let people choose, and let them shop?  Not just choose from a handful of government-designed plans on phony government-mandated exchanges, but really let people choose, and let people shop?  You know, as if they were free people, living in a free country…

Many Americans can’t afford Obamacare: Aetna CEO
Matthew J. Belvedere, July 30, 2014

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Obamacare’s Hawaiian Wipe-Out

Comment: Hawaii was the state first to declare its support of President Obama’s health redistribution law, and create an Obamacare Exchange–the Hawaii Health Connector–to demonstrate.  Remember the old adage, “Look before you leap”?

“The problem starts with the Hawaii Health Connector, a federally mandated insurance marketplace that’s losing money. A temporary funding plan went into effect this month, but once that money runs out, lawmakers will need to settle on a long-term fix that officials characterize as a choice between propping up a failing system at the expense of taxpayers, or turning control over to federal authorities at the risk of unravelling the state’s comprehensive Prepaid Health Care Act.”

“”That’s the danger I’ve warned against,” said Attorney General David Louie. “The benefits mandated by the state are superior. We don’t want to lose that.” ”

Hawaii health care faces federal threat
By CATHY BUSSEWITZ, Associated Press | July 29, 2014

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RATE SHOCK: Calif. Rates Leap 22-to-88 Percent in 2014

Comment: The Administration is crowing about Obamacare rebates, but strangely silent on the (much larger) Obamacare rate hikes that pay for them.

“DOI found that premiums for individuals increased by between 22% and 88% in 2014 (Aliferis, “State of Health,” KQED, 7/29). ”

Jones: Rates for Health Insurance Plans Rose Significantly in 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Top Tweets – Sen. Pryor’s Nihilism on Parade

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CBO: #Obamacare subsidies will contribute to rising federal budget deficits over the next decade.

Arkansas seeking federal bailout for costly Medicaid expansion venture

Back-end: Employer coverage verification system not operational and may not be ready for Nov

Enroll America urges emphasizing fascistic individual mandate penalty in next round (nice smile, teeth of iron)

Narrow networks still anger, bills in 22 states. (Get over it, one expert says. No, #keepyourdoctor was promised)

#ACA can’t lower costs and raise demand at the same time.

Obama waives ethics rules for UnitedHealth #crony to work at CMS.

#ACA plan hits NY family with 22 percent increase – NOW, not next year

Largest oncology practice in Las Vegas drops #Obamacare patients. #keepyourdoctor

Sen. Pryor: cancellation stories just ‘anecdotal’. (Here’s the problem: people aren’t real to them.)

If the individual is meaningless, then society is worthless, too. – Harry Wu (Chinese Laogai survivor)

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BREAKING: President Set to Give Obamacare to Millions

Grant Would Come At Taxpayers’ Expense

OCTS original reporting
For all the background, read our first report

Obamacare Bombshell: Pathway to Subsidies for Illegal Aliens

Major news outlets are reporting that President Obama is considering executive orders, orders that potentially grant legal immigration status to 5 to 6 million people.

If so, many of said people earning under 200 percent of Federal Poverty Level would instantly qualify for taxpayer-subsidized Obamacare with cost-sharing reductions, under Obamacare’s “Basic Health Program.”

As another effect, the President’s process effectively  lets millions bypass the five-year disqualification immigrants normally face before they can collect federal means-tested benefits like Obamacare and other entitlements. (see, for example, 8 USC 1613)

Don’t believe us? Check out the law[1] and the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ final rule concerning the eligibility of non-citizen residents with legal status. (And notice–the rule and the law are not the same.)

[1] see section 1331(c)(1)(B), below, and compare to 42 CFR 600.305(a)(2)

by OCTS, July 25, 2014 (updated 27-July-14)



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Obamacare + Economy = Part-time Nation

Comment: Who can convert a great nation’s prime workforce to part-time? Obamacare can!

“July 20–Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s numbers indicated part-time employment is on the rise.”

“By the government’s account, the number of part-timers in the workforce jumped 275,000 to 7.5 million. It’s the highest number reported this year.”

…”Economists note that hiring is going on; the concern is the number of hours. That leads to the worries about the increase in part-time jobs.”

“Some have voiced concerns that the federal health insurance overhaul, which requires employers with at least 50 full-time workers to provide health plans to all who work at least 30 hours, is causing some companies to hire part-timers.”

…”National surveys find a trend for workers between ages 18 and 34 moving toward part-time employment.”

Part-time Employment on the Rise
Jim Offner, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, July 20, 2014

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#RateShock – Study: Average Obamacare Hike is 49 percent

Comment: All the suffering we’ve seen so far has come from only about 5 percent of America–those who buy their own individual policies.  Delays in the employer provisions have hidden the impacts from most Americans for a couple more years–individual policy purchasers are the only ones to have felt the full bite of Obamacare thus far.

And quite a bite it has been, as tabulated by Avik Roy at the Manhattan Institute below…

(“If we like your plan you can keep it … you just might not be able to afford it.”)

“We were able to obtain data for 3,137 of the United States’ 3,144 counties.”

“Among men, the county with the greatest increase in insurance prices from 2013 to 2014 was Buchanan County, Missouri, about 45 miles north of Kansas City: 271 percent. Among women, the “winner” was Goodhue County, Minnesota, about an hour southwest of Minneapolis: 200 percent. Overall, the counties of Nevada, North Carolina, Minnesota, and Arkansas haven experienced the largest rate hikes under the law.”

[...] “Across the country, for men overall, individual-market premiums went up in 91 percent of all counties: 2,844 out of 3,137. For 27-year-old men, the average county faced 91 percent increases; for 40-year-old men, 60 percent; for 64-year-old men, 32 percent.”

“Women fared slightly better; their premiums “only” went up in 82 percent of all counties: 2,562 out of 3,137.”

[...]  “If you go to our interactive map, … you can find out whether subsidies will help you. For example, in Texas, if you’re a 27-year-old man and you make more than $27,991, you’re likely to pay more under Obamacare, even if you qualify for a subsidy. If you’re 30 years old, with an average household size, you’ll need to make less than $36,409 to break even under Obamacare.”

[...]  “Remember that President Obama often promised that his plan would “lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year…by the end of my first term as President of the United States.” It’s an understatement to say that this has not happened.

3,137-County Analysis: Obamacare Increased 2014 Individual-Market Premiums By Average Of 49%

Avik Roy, 6/18/2014

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CNN Poll: Obamacare: It’s Not Working

Comment: New poll results have the Administration’s buddies over at CNN winding up their poll-laundering machine from “rinse” to “spin”–

“According to the poll, only 18% of the public say they or their families are better off now that the major provisions of the health care law have been implemented.”

Don’t worry Peter Pan, there are still some fervent faithful believers that higher-priced, government-operated health care must have helped someone:

“Another 35% report that, while their lives have not improved, the Affordable Care Act has benefited other people in the U.S. Add those two numbers together, and that means 53% say that Obamacare has helped either their families or others across the country.”

(Most families experiencing a change report that Obamacare has made them worse off, but, as long as we’re spending trillions, it’s nice to know you can’t redistribute three hundred million people’s health care money without accidentally helping somebody.)

CNN Poll: Is Obamacare working?
July 23rd, 2014

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